Life Passion….Everybody Has One, What’s Yours (2015)

Life’s Passion

 What is a life passion?  Most will tell you that it is a very strong desire to do “something” that pleases you, that is fulfilling and that brings you peace and joy.  Often times, a life passion is associated with a love for helping others or being artistic in some way or being responsible for creating or developing projects of some sort.

There is often a tendency to associate a life passion with something great or grandiose when really all that it should be, is something that brings so much joy that you do it just because….because it brings joy to someone else, because you were able to fill a need for someone and put a smile on someone else’s face, because it fills a void in your life. Whatever the reason, there is something that is so fulfilling about doing that you are passionate about when it truly and sincerely comes from the heart.  And, if you can make a living doing it…that is the best of all…who wouldn’t want to earn a living doing what they absolutely love to do?

There are several biblical interpretations that speak to this, but the one I find most fitting comes from the Holman Christian Standard Bible which says in Psalm 20:4 “May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose.”

This is really what is happening when you are being driven your passion.  It is a deep calling and desire to act on what your heart is telling you to do, pushing you to do. And yes, I truly believe that this is what we call, Purpose.

We often times also speak of passion and purpose in a more positive light.  We very rarely associate passion and purpose with harmful intentions, bad thoughts and actions and dare I say…..evil.

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp that at some twisted level, some people find passion and purpose in the evilest of deeds. That is a very frightening thought, but nonetheless it is very true.

Keep in mind, my blogs are intended to force you to evaluate yourself and ask of yourself the difficult questions to help you explore or expose your spiritual intentions. YOUR spiritual intentions will no doubt manifest in YOUR fleshly walk; good or bad.

Am I the only one speaking on this? Of course not.  There are those in the Religious community, Spiritualists, Educators, Philosophers, Psychologists, Life Coaches, etc whose passion is to speak on this subject and I respect them all and believe there is always room for more of this message.

Everyone one has a passion for something. Everyone was born with a desire that tugs at their heart, but again we tend to associate or speak of passion and purpose in a positive light.

We, as a religious and spiritual community have finally gotten to the point where we can acknowledge that evil spirits do exist and that you cannot have Good without Evil.  If you don’t have the opposite of the other, we would have nothing to compare.  We would not know what Evil looked like if we didn’t have Good and vice versa.

If I ask you right now, which Spirit are you, what would you say?  I won’t answer that.  You answer that.

When most of us think of evil, we think of the worst kind of evil.  The murderous, mentally deranged kind of evil that sends chills down your spine. I can’t imagine any of you out there coming even remotely close to that kind of evil, but what I am saying is that, the weak in spirit can become very vulnerable and fall victim to the malevolent forces of the world and if they’re not careful, their passions can become sick, murderous and devious in nature. And then, addictions follow, for those trying to escape the pain of their own immorality.  Sex addictions, drug addictions, alcohol addictions, gambling addictions, body dysmorphic addictions (trying to physically change your appearance because you don’t like what you see), hoarding addictions and eating addictions.  I am sure there are more….

Most who fall victim may never rise to the level of committing egregious crimes and horrors against their fellow human being, but there are those that find themselves passionate about things like…getting in other people’s business.  They are passionate about making sure they are up on the latest gossip.  They are passionate about and take pleasure in seeing other people have bad misfortune.  They are passionate about breaking up happy homes and relationships.  They are passionate about spreading lies and rumors about others and ruining reputations.  They are passionate about keeping others from striving toward success.

There are those who are so passionate about their belief system to the point of being harassing to others.  There are those who are so passionate about making sure others are blamed for THEIR own irresponsible decisions and behaviors, instead of taking responsibility for themselves.  There are those who so passionate about talking a lot of “something” and doing a lot of “nothing”

There are those who are so passionate about where they see themselves morally that they have failed to realize that part of being a moral person is “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  I am sure that they would not like it if someone was in their space, challenging their beliefs, or lack of it, challenging their style, challenging their choice of companions, etc, etc.

Whatever happened to” those without sin cast the first stone”.  Either this world is full of a bunch of self-righteous fools who have forgotten that NO ONE IS WITHOUT SIN or they just like the feeling of hurling and being pelted by stones….I’m not sure which. I just know that the Weather Channel and all of its “Strange Weather”, “Tornado Alley” and Top Ten Worst Hurricanes, ain’t  got nothing on the Social Media Storm of insults, hate mongerers, threats, cyber- bullying, slanderous lies, scandals, gossip,  sexual deviancy etc, that some find so appetizing and just gobble up….with a passion.

When a law is being broken and YOURS or YOUR immediate families protection is threatened or YOUR rights are being violated, then there are steps that need to be taken to protect you and yours, including the right to defend yourself.  You also have the responsibility to preserve and protect human rights and civil liberties, but not at the expense of violating another person’s human rights and civil liberties.

In the most egregious violations of human rights and civil liberties then yes, a call to action may be in order. However, in the meantime, in YOUR daily everyday walk, live YOUR life according to God’s plan for YOU…in other words. Mind your own business.

I just don’t believe that God put you here to invade someone else’s space and run a daily commentary on social media on what’s wrong with “someone else’s life” or comment on how someone else is behaving or commenting on the company that someone chooses to keep.   Be positive and be about YOUR and God’s business and let others find their way according to God’s plan for their life.

The one thing you CAN do is be example to others of how to live right according to God, let your light shine and let those that have fallen short see you and follow your example.

Actions and behaviors like these are all caused by malevolent spirits whose sole purpose it to distract you from making the more positive, loving and productive contribution that God has tasked you with.  Evil exists only to bring chaos, grief, temptation and disruption to God’s plan and test YOUR will to stay focused on HIS plan for YOU.

So I ask again…… What is YOUR passion? What is YOUR purpose? What is YOUR heart’s desire?

What is mine, you ask?  Mine is doing exactly what I am doing.  I have always had a motivational and inspirational message that God placed in my heart and in this day and age of technology, I am using social media, to bring my message to the masses. I am not a scholor, I don’t have a ton of degrees, I have not written any books and I don’t claim to be anything other than who I am.   God chooses who HE chooses. No explanation needed, no certification or degrees required…period.

Everyone has a gift and a talent.  Don’t let your talent be used to perpetuate an evil or hateful Spirit.   Knowing and understanding your purpose is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  It gives you focus.  It gives you a reason to live; a reason to love. Part of this journey is finding out WHO YOU ARE, WHOSE YOU ARE AND WHY YOU ARE.

The Late Great World Renown Minister and Pastor, Bishop Myles Munroe once said, and I paraphrase, “there is a whole lot of talent 6 feet under”.  So many people have taken their dreams, visions and passions to the grave.  There are so many more untold stories of victory, there are so many  books never written, movies that never made it to the big screen, songs never sang, buildings never built, fashions never designed, artwork that never hung on a gallery wall, adventures never taken, causes never launched, revolutions never fought and movements that never took a step. These remained in the minds of beautiful and talented individuals who lost their way and lost their lives and never had a chance to realize who they really were in God. These were ideas, visions and dreams that God gave them but  never made it out of a beautiful mind and into our world.

These were LIVES that struggled just to survive; LIVES that were abused and beat down at the hands of someone who said they loved them; LIVES that were cut short by gun and gang violence. LIVES that were cut short by drug and alcohol abuse;  LIVES that were rotted out by disease  or from self-destructive behaviors and bad habits.  Some TOOK THEIR OWN LIVES, believing what they thought was the only way out and answered the call of the Demon of Suicide.

Some spent their lives peering through the bars of prison cells, incarcerated for a lifetime in dreary and drab, lifeless facilities, being marked by rooftop scopes, and being treated like animals, while their dreams slowly faded, only hoping and wishing they had another chance, wishing they had stayed sober, wishing they had someone who truly loved them unconditionally, wishing they had loved more, wishing they had made better choices…and then they died.  I recently heard on a report that over 80 percent of violent crime and crimes of passion is committed when someone is high or under the influence of some mind altering drug.

You can’t hear God speaking to you when your mind is in an altered state.  And  trust me, the voices you hear, are NOT Gods.  Make no mistake about it…God only speaks to clear minds and hearts.

I ask you again…What is your life passion? What is your purpose?  What is your heart’s desire?

As I stated in my previous blog and will continue to say, once you decide that you will accept, acknowledge and address what is going on in your life, that’s the time to take steps to change some things, (read my first blog Operation SLICE, Ready For Launch, On A Mission)  Change won’t be easy……It never is. Your transformation won’t start unless you start it.

Take for example the young man who has a passion for cooking.  He dreams of being a Gourmet Chef and hopes to one day own his own Gourmet Restaurant.  Right now he works as a French Fry cook at McDonalds.  He lives in a high crime area.  He gets bullied just for going to school.  His mother works 3 jobs and his father is in prison.  His brother is in a gang and his sister has a boyfriend that abuses her but she does her best to care for him while mom is working and she takes the abuse because he “provides” for her.

How do you SLICE through that….what’s the plan. It won’t happen by magic and it won’t happen overnight.

God has already given that young man the vision, the passion, the drive, the talent and the skill to follow the desire of his heart.  It’s already in him, just like it’s already in YOU to follow your heart’s passion, your heart’s desire.

Sometimes it is a lot to overcome but if HE brings you to it,  then he will bring you through it. As difficult as it may be, it is a life lesson that God wants you to learn.  It is in the midst of your pain and despair that you call on God and cry out…..Oh Lord why me…..and if you listen closely,  He will respond…..”because I have plans for you”.

Let’s SLICE IT UP….your comments are welcomed.

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Operation SLICE – Ready To Launch and On a Mission (2015)

 

Operation SLICE – Ready to Launch and On A Mission

What is Operation SLICE?

Operation SLICE (Self-Love IS key to Changing Everything) is an effort to address what appears to be a climate of self-hate and self-destructive behaviors and actions that now defines a community.  We are witnessing the demise of a generation that was fortunate enough to have been born in a time where change was in their favor and was distant the bigotry, hatred, ridicule, racism, intolerance and disrespect that was hurled at their predecessors. But now it seems, these symbols of hatred and bigotry are becoming more of a reality in their lives, making their existence, even in 2015 all the more difficult.

The assaults on our neighborhoods from those within and from those who bring it there are two numerous to mention.  The death toll keeps climbing for a generation that most thought was our best hope for leveling the playing field.  A playing field with even more plentiful resources than we have ever seen.  Educational resources, Technological resources, Social media resources, business and financial resources are abundant but yet escape those who really need it or chose not  to seek it, even in 2015.

We live in a world full of random violence, a world where parents are killing their children and children are killing their parents, a world where are children are being victimized by the very adults that we entrust to protect them and keep them safe; a world where technology rules our inter-personal human interactions and relationships and where the ability to interact and communicate face to face is quickly becoming a thing of the past and where the pursuit of making money and the greed that fuels it, define our very nature.

We live in world where people first seek to escape from their pain by intoxicating themselves with powerful brain killing drugs, an over use of alcohol and worshiping idols made of metal, wood and flesh, in the form of celebrities, athletes and reality TV stars.  We chase unrealistic symbols of beauty, airbrushed to appear as if real life and as if all of life’s complexities will never know their name.  And suicide is now a viable option for those with no coping skills.  Life is full of ups and downs and somehow the message of our ancestors, forefathers and elders; perseverance, overcoming and learning from experience is not a value that is held with high regard in this generation.

People, particularly young people of color, are suffering from a massive inferiority and entitlement complex which appears to have inflicted seemingly irreversible psychological damage. A younger generation, in general that appears to have little to no identity and seems to be very comfortable allowing others to create and image and identity for them. An image, that is, in most cases, unflattering at best.

Some race to imitate their favorite magazine cover idol, musician or athlete and spend tons of money trying to duplicate the false, sprayed-on looks and manufactured bodies of their favorite celebrities, who will tell you in a second that it’s an image, not their reality.

Some display such an emptiness and superficial nature that forces them to rely so heavily and almost completely on other people’s opinion of them. If not validated properly, through their looks, their bodies, their money etc, they feel they are not worthy of success, not worthy of love, not worthy of respect and that their lives means nothing and is less valuable than the lives of others. In extreme and maybe not so extreme cases, some feel that if this is what their life is, hopelessly trying to chase or fulfill an unrealistic fantasy life, never being able to attain their fantasy goal, then no one else is worthy chase their very real dreams, goals passions or pursuits. And this twisted demonization of others may lead some to behaviors and attitudes of an anti-social nature, devaluing themselves in relation to others perceived successes, and lashing out in ways that can be very destructive to themselves and to others.  And in the worst cases there is an entitlement nature, where they feel that they are somehow entitled to everything and will try to obtain it…..money, love, material possessions, success, power…by any means necessary, no matter the cost or consequences.

There needs to be a healing that addresses the root cause, which I believe, is a lack of love for oneself and for God.  God is our Maker, the Almighty, the Creator, the One who IS by his very existence LOVE and HE created US with an innate ability to love ourselves and each other.

A very large part of our younger population have become non-believers….those who have given up on God and his amazing grace. Verbalizing there disbelief saying that if there was a God, how could he “allow these things to happen”. So they have chosen to worship in other ways, seeking to fill a void,  searching to find “something” to believe in.  A need to believe in something greater than themselves….but sadly, it is NOT God.

It is extremely sad that some can feel so lonely, helpless, hopeless and worthless that they will allow themselves to be disrespected in ways that are so ungodly. Some find themselves sliding into such a depraved state of human existence, that  they feel they have to do anything to survive. And honestly, most will tell you that, that is all they are doing is surviving.  I get it. Trust me I get it.  Surviving is sometimes all we can do.

Unfortunately, un-ending cycles of “just surviving” are manifested and lasts generations.  Cycles of prostitution, drug abuse and addiction, domestic violence, crime,  incarceration, unrelenting poverty, unstable and dysfunctional relationships, generational welfare, illiteracy, severe economic hardship and indiscriminate and unprotected sex, leading to additional children born in this cycle and may not ever have an opportunity to break it.  These are all manifestations of a life gone horribly wrong.  Some, quite frankly, is no fault of their own.

How does it stop.  Who is going to stop it.  It only takes ONE.  It only takes ONE to decide say “it’s gonna stop with me”  That is where your transformation begins.

This is not a reflection of the entire younger populous or nation as a whole, of course.  It is a general observation. There are some very respectful, hardworking, intelligent, well-adjusted young people, who know who they are, what they want and where they are going, They have not all come from two parent households and some may have even come from dysfunctional family situations, but they have been able to overcome, succeed, do well and thrive.

However, those that have not been able to embrace their true self, know their gift or find their passion, are in dire need of a transformation that can only come from an understanding and knowledge that the validation and love they seek comes from within and is rooted in the love we have for ourselves, which is God’s love. “He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God IS Love” (1 John 4:8).

 Where does Operation SLICE fit in?

Now as an Inspirational and Motivational blogger, I will admit that my noted observations a bit on the extreme end of the spectrum and are not very inspiring or motivating. But here’s what is…..

It is my hope that my blog along with others who motivate the Spirit will help people recapture their self-worth through God’s love. That they will transform their mind, think clearly and stay focused on discovering or re-discovering God’s plan for their lives and move forward in their destiny. My hope is that this message of Operation SLICE will be spread one person at a time, each being inspired to look within themselves and make a change for the better.

I will be blogging on a variety of subjects that some will find very difficult to discuss, however, they are meant to start a conversation with YOURSELF. The goal is to reach those that can relate and who may need an extra push to help them acknowledge and address the issues, behaviors and lifestyle choices that have led or will eventually lead to destructive acts; if not towards themselves, then possibly towards other persons or property, I want to help them SLICE through the barriers that have kept them or that continue to keep them from moving forward in God’s plan for their lives. I want you asking yourself the questions “Do I love myself more than the situation or circumstance I find myself in” and “Am I living God’s purpose for my life, and if not, why not”.

In making the decision to move forward, it is very important to recognize those persons, places, things, activities, habits, behaviors etc that are keeping you bound and stale; not allowing you to move forward, not allowing you to renewing or re-invent yourself into that better, more focused person that God wants you to be.  Once you have found your passion and have made the decision to walk on YOUR path, and allow God to order your steps, it will be necessary to make personal changes in your surroundings, including your social circle, your friends, family, neighborhoods, maybe even your church, your colleagues, your job and maybe even your city.  Some changes need to be made in order to find your peace and focus on your gift and your passion.

Sometimes you will have to tell those who have no direction, but who want to keep you from growing….to “GIT” cause God’s In This”. God is working with you and is transforming you and you don’t need to be distracted by haters, liars, cheaters and by those that envy you for your awakening and by those who want you miserable and depressed because their life is miserable and depressing.

By the way….“GIT”…. God’s In This… is also my creation.  Visit www.godsinthis.com to know more.

Remember, God has created you in HIS image and that image is of Love.  We can’t begin to love one another, the animals, the environment or appreciate God’s universe until we love ourselves and realize that ALL of Gods’ creation is here for a reason and we ALL have a unique role to play in HIS plan.

God has given you a unique talent, gift or skill which only you possess. And that gift is what should drive you. It should wake you up in the morning. It’s your purpose. It’s your destiny…if you embrace it and allow God to use it for HIS good.            

So with that, I invite you to SLICE IT UP with Ms. Diva Dee. I am READY FOR LAUNCH and ON A MISSION  to encourage everyone to love themselves because if you haven’t already figured it out…..

Self-Love Is key to Changing Everything

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